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Poster: wineland Date: Mar 27, 2011 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Stream Ripper Recommendation Requested (Non-Dead)

I would like to record a recent radio program that is archived on the station's website.

1. What stream ripper programs do you use.

2. I am looking for a free program, or one that is inexpensive.

3. What is the highest MP3 bit rate I can record at? I have fiber optic cable internet coming into my house. Or does it depend more on the bit rate the website has the archived program at?

4. I swear on Jerry's, and all the keyboardist's graves who have passed on, sadly too many to list here, that I am not using this for any Archive.org related tomfoolery. I already have too many cd's and jammed up hard drive space that I have never listened to, just ask my wife, wait, no, don't do that, things are going just fine here at Chateau Wineland right now, just trust me, ok.

Thank you,
wineland

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Poster: Germain Date: Mar 27, 2011 2:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stream Ripper Recommendation Requested (Non-Dead)

The biggest issue with ripping streams is the initial bitrate of the stream. Most streams are between 54 - 256 Kb/s. Unless you want to further compress the stream and suck more quality out of the audio, your only real option is to rip using wav files. The wav files will not be true lossless as the captured stream has already been compressed, but at least you will not be further degrading the audio.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffbeep* Date: Mar 27, 2011 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stream Ripper Recommendation Requested (Non-Dead)

I've been using Audacity for years. It's a free open-source recorder/editor. It will record anything. Live sound or streams. Then you can edit the living bejeebus out of your recording (or not) and export it as wav, mp3, ogg, etc. Works with Macs as well.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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Poster: WillCo Date: Mar 27, 2011 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stream Ripper Recommendation Requested (Non-Dead)

I paid for a copy of Applian's Replay Music that always did a great job. But when I bought a new computer I just couldn't make it work any more (something to do with Vista and the Gigabyte motherboard). In my search for a solution I found Freecorder (also by Applian) which works fine, and is free.

Freecorder's only real downside is that it doesn't seem to give you any option over the naming of the audio files it generates. This is only a problem if you are slow to archive/burn them before streamripping subsequent sessions.

The upside is that it works fine from a toolbar in Explorer, and it comes bundled with other useful bits and pieces. The sound quality can be as good as the streaming site provides (or lesser quality if space is short).

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Poster: rastamon Date: Mar 27, 2011 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stream Ripper Recommendation Requested (Non-Dead)

try Total Recorder. For $18 it's very good >> http://www.totalrecorder.com/productfr_tr.htm

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Mar 27, 2011 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stream Ripper Recommendation Requested (Non-Dead)

I agree with total recorder, I have had it for 10 years. Best money I ever spent.